Saturday, 17 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: G is for Gender Dysphoria

The discussion around gender and sexuality has started to move away from being a taboo, becoming a slightly more acknowledged topic. That’s not to say that acceptance and understanding are prevalent – far from it – but the first steps have been taken and people are starting to have more discussions, opening the door to understanding what gender and sexuality are.

In this post I’ll be discussing gender dysphoria and how it affects identity, sexuality and the wellbeing of an individual. As a cisgender woman I can’t speak from a personal perspective, but I can comment on the psychological and biological aspects of GD and let others use this as a platform for their voices and experiences.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Moving Countries, Life, Promises.

View from Pendle Hill, country adventures!
I have a terrible habit of neglecting this site despite direct debits coming out for it regularly - a reminder of my horrendous attitude to this project. I apologise, I can't think of a good enough excuse other than moving countries is a lot more difficult when you have a shipping containers worth of stuff and £20 in your bank account! 

However, I made it! Derry was an adventure - one I'll never forget but also one I'm not keen to repeat anytime soon (the actual experience of what happened, not the city itself. I LOVE Derry and miss it terribly). I've found myself in a much better place, and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Leveling Up: How I Got a PhD Studentship.

Although I'm not on it anymore, I still managed to get a PhD studentship in under 2 months after finishing my course, so I'm going to be telling you how I managed to go from a master, to a PhD student (albeit temporarily)! In this example I will be talking about the PhD at Ulster - you can download the advert here so you know what I'm talking about.

I'm not going to lie, applying for a PhD is time consuming, energy sapping, paperwork heavy stuff. It's annoying and now that I'm applying for jobs in the field, I can say that it's very much like applying for that. A studentship is a funded PhD project, so you don't have to go through funding bodies or anything like that which is great. The downside (if you can call it that) is that the projects are pre-chosen so you don't really get to propose your own initial idea as such - but you can build on it and make it your own.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Why it's OK to Quit.

So, I quit my PhD, and it’s been a strange feeling. I’m still formally in the middle of paperwork but by the end of this week I will have officially been withdrawn as a PhD student at Ulster University. This also explains why I've disappeared off here for a while.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Murderino Monday: What Should I Bring Home for Mum? Thumb Keyring or a Femur Magnet?

Something interesting I found whilst looking around the internet for murder things was an interesting paper on serial killers with a certain paragraph discussing souvenirs and a perceived relationship with the victim. With that in mind, looking at murder in the media, the idea of souvenirs and mementos is prevalent – think (fictional) Dexter and his slides, or Bundy and his heads. They can range in size, and be anything from parts of the victims like body parts, or belongings like underwear. But why? What’s the appeal?

Well, I looked around the internet and can’t really find anything solid, but I have a few ideas.
Why do we buy souvenirs? Why do we bring home the awful rock candy from Blackpool that gets left in a drawer for 10 years and forgotten because it actually tastes awful? Or fridge magnets? Have any of you brought an “egg” from the natural history museum – those marble like ones? They’re so pointless! But why do we buy them?